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Is Fibromyalgia Real? Why Are So Many Skeptical?

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When you are suffering from the mental, emotional, and physical discomfort that fibromyalgia brings, it can be extremely frustrating and disheartening to have to constantly deal with people who don’t believe that what you have is even a real disease.

Doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals will try to convince you that what you are experiencing is “all in your head.”

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Or maybe they’ll tell you that you should try getting more exercise, going to more therapy, or consider a new hobby.

Even friends and family will oftentimes look at you with blank stares, unaware of what you are going through and unable to help.

Sometimes the lack of understanding and compassion can make you wonder if people are intentionally working against you, or if all of the pain and suffering you’re experiencing really is just “in your head.”

But let’s be honest.

You already know the truth.

Fibromyalgia – which is often referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome – is a very real condition that affects millions of people every year.

Though the symptoms can vary, almost all people who are trying to seek a fibromyalgia diagnosis report experiencing such things as chronic widespread pain, sleep problems, digestive problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome), and other symptoms that all keep leading to the same questions and even answers.

Do I have fibromyalgia?

And – if so – how is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

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You know that your symptoms are real. But you also know that – in order to get people to understand that you’re going to have to do more work and research on your own.

Why is it So Hard to Get a Diagnosis for my Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Perhaps the biggest reason why it is still so hard to get a fibromyalgia diagnosis is rooted in one main problem.

For years, doctors and healthcare providers have believed that the symptoms of fibromyalgia are not consistent with an actual diagnosis of a specific disease.

A big reason for this is that when a patient comes to their doctor’s office complaining of widespread pain, it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint where exactly this pain is starting, and what the level of intensity is at each pain point.

Often, different patients that are under the same doctor’s care will present with varying symptoms when seeking a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

Because of the nature of this disease, it is common for the chronic pain associated with this disease to be located at various points around a patient’s body.

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These points are referred to as “tender points” and are identified to be located in specific parts of a person’s body, namely their lower back, central nervous system, around their knees, elbow, and in their lower neck region.

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Tender points tend to be symmetrical in the body and will radiate pain when a medical professional pushes their finger into the point. (This should be done with enough pressure to turn the top of a fingernail white when done.)

But the problem is this.

Because of the complexity of the symptoms and the lack of consistency in how they present, it’s easy for many doctors to either misdiagnose the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia or simply dismiss the patient’s pain altogether.

In order to effectively diagnose fibromyalgia, there are certain standard tender point pain tests that can be done.

Using what is referred to as the Widespread Pain Index, a doctor can touch different tender points and ask the patient to identify the severity of the pain on a symptom severity scale.

By doing this, it allows the doctor to be able to assess the intensity of the pain and use the guidelines of the index to determine if the pain the patient is experiencing seems to be consistent with that of people with fibromyalgia.

But the problem is that many physicians and medical professionals either don’t understand how to use the index, or they simply don’t believe it is an effective diagnostic criteria for determining if a person should be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

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Until more healthcare professionals are on board with the criteria for determining a fibromyalgia diagnosis, it is going to continue to be a challenge for patients to receive the correct diagnosis – and ultimately – the correct care that they so desperately need and deserve.

Why is There Still No Test for Fibromyalgia?

Another big limitation for doctors and other healthcare providers is the fact that there is still no true test for attaining a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

Again, if you have a healthcare provider or physician who is willing to give you a physical examination and then dive into the Widespread Pain Index, this can be a helpful starting point for figuring out if your symptoms align with those of other fibromyalgia patients.

But since it’s unclear if a doctor is going to be willing to do the index test, many sufferers have asked if there is some sort of blood work test that will help determine what, exactly, is going on with their body.

Fibromyalgia patients have been asking that more research be done on their condition for years. Even with all the support networks and education that has been provided, there still has been little work done in the medical field to come up with a way to accurately test a person’s blood for fibromyalgia.

Until a test is discovered, one option patients have is to ask their physician to test them for other diseases that present in similar manners to fibromyalgia.

Because of the nature of this disease, sometimes a person may be misdiagnosed as having a similar condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or other musculoskeletal system diseases.

Especially if you’ve had a family history of any of these other diseases, you have higher risk factors for one of them to present in your own blood work or another diagnostic test.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that affects a person’s central nervous system in a similar way that fibromyalgia does.

Patients who are diagnosed with this painful disorder complain of symptoms such as severe muscle pain, sleep disorders, and other health conditions that cause them to experience deep pain that can sometimes be so similar to fibromyalgia that it’s easy to get the two confused.

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But the good news is that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can be diagnosed with blood work, which will then allow your physician to rule it out as a probable cause for your pain.

Similarly, you can also request that other such musculoskeletal disorders be tested for as well.

What Can I do While I Wait for a Cure for My Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Trying to get medical professionals to take your chronic pain and other symptoms seriously can feel like an uphill battle for many people with fibromyalgia.

Many patients will spend years and countless amounts of money and time seeing primary care doctors, and pain specialists, attending physical therapy, and talking to therapists about the mental disorder and (sometimes even major depression) they are experiencing as a result of their years of chronic, unexplained pain.

They just want someone who knows how to treat fibromyalgia effectively and treat patients with the respect and compassion they would any other patient presenting with any other condition.

These patients will oftentimes start feeling like they must be crazy…but all they want is to find something to relieve pain and give them back the life they once had.

For those who are trying to maintain hope that their condition will at some point be taken seriously, and that a cure will eventually be found, there are some things you can do in the meantime that will help alleviate some of your discomfort.

Some alternative therapies have proven to practically eradicate some patients’ pain signals altogether.

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Here at Native Formula, we believe that one underlying issue for those who are struggling with fibromyalgia comes from the biofilm that is located in our bodies.

Though biofilms are an important part of life’s existence, they can also become problematic within our bodies and are now believed to be the cause of many health conditions, namely ones like fibromyalgia.

One of the challenges that biofilms present is that they are difficult to remove from our internal systems. Even most antibiotics are incapable of eradicating them from our systems.

But there are some safe and effective ways to begin to treat these biofilms and begin to see some relief to your symptoms. If you would like more information on biofilms and how removing and managing them in your body may help alleviate many of the symptoms you’ve been struggling with for years, take a look at our more extensive information on biofilms here: www.nativeformulas.com/biofilm-protocol.

When you develop fibromyalgia, the road to recovery can be long, challenging, and exhausting. The roadblocks that you may face will sometimes come from those you should trust the most.

But know that you are not alone on this journey and that millions of others have sought treatment and found it in places that are not always a typical medical office.

When you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you will have to continue to educate and advocate for yourself until we have more support and answers from the medical community.

But until then, know that your symptoms are real. And there is some relief ahead.

Native Formulas can help patients with fibromyalgia find that path forward, can connect you with others who have experienced similar challenges, and can give you some resources to help manage your real pain and tackle other symptoms you have that are caused by your mistreated fibromyalgia.

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